Creating a Sales Training Case Study – Part 1

Improve the Quality of Your Zoom Recordings with These Tweaks

I recently wrapped up a project with a client for a year-long internal promotional campaign. Part of the remit was to edit a dozen internal video clips, each featuring a different employee highlighting a theme or promoting new training offerings. I started the work as the videos were being delivered, so I wasn’t involved in the choice of the recording tool, which was Zoom. While Zoom can be used as a video recording tool, it is not ideal. From an audio perspective, one key reason for this is that Zoom tends to compress audio, leading to a flat-sounding result.

If you do decide to use Zoom to record videos that will be heavily leveraged, there are a few settings you can tweak to improve your sound.

Audio Settings

From your client dashboard, click the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner.

In the Audio tab, under Music and Professional Audio, select the Show in-meeting option to enable the “Original Sound” box. By checking this box, you are giving yourself the option to turn on this feature while using the application. When you choose to do this, Zoom will use the audio from your microphone without any of Zoom’s algorithms.

Check the High-fidelity music mode box. Like the previous setting, this is not a setting you will likely want to enable in your day-to-day Zoom meetings, as it disables compression and post-processing.

If (and only if) you recorded your video wearing headphones, uncheck the Echo cancellation box. If you did not, make sure to check the Echo cancellation box.

Recording Settings

In the Recording tab under Local Recording, check the Record a separate audio file for each participant box.

If you or someone on your team is going to edit the video, check the Optimize for 3rd party video editor box.

I’ll highlight a few Zoom settings you can tweak to optimize your video in a future post.

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